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Betz Family Pere de Famille
Betz Family Winery
United States - Washington - Columbia Valley

2015 Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon shows its lineage clearly, while also expressing the conditions of the vintage. It's a deep magenta through to the core. A knockout aroma of black currant and black cherry comes next, enhanced by bay leaf and thyme. Black olive notes share the stage with baking spices. Aromas of white flowers and red currants tease their way out with time in the glass. The palate impression is one of early integration between the oak and grape tannins. The inclusion of Merlot and Petit Verdot help create a seamless texture, and extend the length of flavor on the palate. Expect 2015 Pere de Famille to be delicious young, but to offer up to two decades of cellar life.

Pere de Famille is Betz' Cabernet Sauvignon based wine from the Columbia Valley of Washington; but to stop the story here would say little of what it took for the winery to get to this far. Since 1997, the quest to produce the quintessential Washington Cabernet Sauvignon has sent them searching the state's vineyard land, looking for parcels capable of contributing to their goal. To sum it up, nearly two decades of vineyard trials.

Specifications
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Varietal(s)
87% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Petit Verdot 4% Merlot (2015)
Vinification
19 months in 100% French oak barrels, 65% new/35% one fill

Reviews and News

2015 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 96 PTS - WA

2015 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 96 PTS - WA

wa300"A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille exhibits complex aromas of pencil lead, inky dark fruit, wild blueberries, black truffle, incense and anise. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and very concentrated, with a deep core of sappy fruit, rich structuring tannins and a long, penetrating finish. This will need some time in the cellar, but it's very complete and full of promise. - William Kelley"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 96 pts

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2015 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(14.5% alcohol; the Cabernet Sauvignon received longer skin contact during fermentation--12 days, or about 50% longer than usual; a blend of Betz's best barrels): Dark ruby-red. Musky currant, blackberry, black cherry, sweet plum and black olive on the nose. A step up in definition and nuance from the Clos de Betz, with its classic Cabernet dark fruit flavors complicated by sexy oak spices from the Taransaud barrels and lifted by a note of black pepper. Boasts a sensual texture with good lift; not a blockbuster like the 2014 version but this may be more complex. This wonderfully supple yet firm wine finishes with creamy, palate-saturating length. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2017), 93 pts

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2014 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 97 PTS - WA

2014 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 97 PTS - WA

wa97"A cellar selection from different sites in the Columbia Valley, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille is deeper in color than the Clos de Betz and offers fabulous notes of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed flowers and violets. Just screaming Cabernet, it offers full-bodied richness, incredible purity of fruit, and ultra-fine tannin, all of which make for a sensational Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon that’s going to evolve for upwards of two decades. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #231, June 2017), 97 pts

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2014 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 95 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 95 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Bright ruby-red. Discreet, very pure aromas of cassis and black cherry complicated by mineral, spice and floral nuances. Highly concentrated and savory, conveying a 3-D texture as well as terrific definition to its flavors of black cherry, saline minerality and dried herbs. Wonderfully elegant, energetic, flavorful wine with real éclat. Really saturates the palate with flavor without leaving any impression of weight. Finishes with substantial dusty but fine-grained tannins and outstanding lingering fruit. This will need time in bottle to unwind. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2016), 95 pts

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2014 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 94-97 PTS - WA

2014 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 94-97 PTS - WA

wa97"Scheduled to be bottled in June of 2016, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvigon Pere de Famille is another terrific wine from this estate. Deeper in color than the 2013 (which is common) and offering fabulous red and black fruits, dried herbs, graphite and a dusty pebble-like minerality, it has full-bodied richness, ultra pure tannin and while a big, concentrated effort, it always shows a pure, elegant style. It two will have two to three decades of longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 94-97 pts

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2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 94 PTS - WA

2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"A cuvee that continues to become more and more Cabernet Sauvignon dominated (Bob Betz loves Cabernet and think it’s the top grape of Washington), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) is utterly seamless and elegant. It is full-bodied and open, with forward notes of cassis, crushed flowers, red currants and licorice. Where the 2014s are more exuberant and dense, this 2013 excels on its pretty, pure and overall elegant style. Drink it anytime over the coming 15+ years. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 94 pts

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2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 93+ PTS - VINOUS

2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 93+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Dark ruby. Aromas and flavors of blackcurrant, minerals, violet and bitter chocolate. A wine of outstanding finesse, showing great cut and lift but also a wonderfully supple texture. (Bob Betz feels that the effect of the Pulsair treatment is clear in this wine's dimension and weight on the palate.) Finishes with utterly refined, nearly invisible tannins But this wine is still quite backward and will need serious cellaring to fully express itself. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 93+ pts

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2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 92-94 PTS - WA

2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 92-94 PTS - WA

wa94"More approachable than the 2012, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) has a full-bodied, sexy, yet still focused and pure style to go with pretty and expressive notes of red plums, cassis, black raspberries, violets, graphite and spring flowers. It has a great finish and sweet tannin, and while it has plenty of fruit, I suspect it will firm up once in bottle and require short-term cellaring."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #219, June 2015), 92-94 pts

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2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 92 PTS - WS

2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Firm and juicy, with spicy blueberry and currant flavors playing against a prickly texture. The bright flavors linger effectively and persistently. Best from 2017 through 2023.—H.S."
- Wine Spectator Insider (September 7th 2016), 92 pts

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2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 91 PTS - WE

2013 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"Aromas of dried herb, bay leaf, spice, dried flowers and dark fruit are followed by tart, spritely cranberry and cherry flavors. It possesses a real sense of freshness and elegance."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2016), 91 pts

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2012 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 95+ PTS - WA

2012 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 95+ PTS - WA

wa95"Containing the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, with is all from Red Mountain, and saw 19 months in new French oak. It's an inky colored, classic Betz Family wine that's loaded with perfectly ripe black fruits, lead pencil shavings, scorched earth and the searing minerality and dusty earth quality that comes only from Red Mountain. Full-bodied, structured and layered, with rockin' purity and focus, give it 7-8 years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades.

These latest releases from Betz Family Winery are flat out great, and as I said last year, the 2012s are the greatest wines I've tasted from this estate. While the winery was sold to the Griessel family in 2011, Bob Betz has remained firmly involved and there's certainly been no dip whatsoever in quality; if anything, the wines show another level of texture, purity and structure. While assistant winemaker Tyson Schiffner has moved from making wine to brewing beer, he's been replaced by Louis Skinner, who was the assistant winemaker at Delille for a number of years. In short, readers who want to see the best of Washington State need to check out these latest releases!
- Jeb Dunnuck"

- Wine Advocate (Issue #219, June 2015), 95+ pts

2012 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 93 PTS - WS

2012 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 93 PTS - WS

wine spectator 93 pts"Fresh and vital, packed with lively blackberry, red plum and delicate herbal flavors, carrying the flavors past a gentle bed of fine tannins into a long finish. Best from 2017 through 2022.—H.S."

Wine Spectator's Insider (May 20th 2015), 93 pts

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2011 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 95 PTS - WE

2011 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 95 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 95 pts"Intriguing scents focus upon chamomile and Mediterranean herbs, while the fruit flavors are wild and brambly. Cherry candy and red licorice play broadly across the palate, lingering through a beautifully balanced and extended finish."

- Wine Enthusiast (July 2014), 95 pts

2011 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 92 PTS - WA

2011 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"Made from 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot that comes mostly from Red Mountain, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille is slightly more reserved and backwards, with notions of dried spices, cured meats, black currant, spring flowers and tobacco leaf reluctantly emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, with solid concentration, especially in the vintage, it has ample tannin that emerge on the mid-palate and focus the finish. It also needs another 2-3 years in the cellar and will have 10-12 years of total longevity at a minimum.

As always, my visit with Bob Betz and Tyson Schiffner at Betz Family Winery (which has been owned by the Griessel family since 2011) is always one of the highlights of my trip through Washington. For the tasting at the domaine, we focused on the 2012s (I tasted the 2011s from bottle at my office in Colorado), and they are easily some of the greatest wines I’ve tasted from this estate to date. While these wines always have considerable structure and focused profiles, these 2012 have an extra dimension of depth and texture, and should not be missed!"
- Jeb Dunnuck

- Wine Advocate (Issue #213, June 2014), 92 pts

2011 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 91 PTS - WS

2011 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 91 PTS - WS

wine spectator 91 pts"Soft, velvety and medium-weight, with pretty currant fruit weaving through the smoky, licorice-accented finish. Deft and persistent. Drink now through 2017."
- Wine Spectator (June 30th 2014), 91 pts

2010 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 97 PTS - WE

2010 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 97 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 97 pts"As good as any Père de Famille to date, this brilliantly crafted wine jumps from the glass immediately with a rainbow of blue, purple and black fruits. The scents and flavors are dense and seamless, the tannins polished and graceful, and the barrel aging puts the last dabs of paint on a winemaking masterpiece."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2014), 97 pts + #6 in the 2014 Top 100 Cellar Selection in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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2010 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 95 PTS - WA

2010 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 95 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 95 Pts"Diversely-sourced, and blended with 8% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, the Betz 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille leads with classic aromatic expressions of its star player: cedar box, juniper berry, arbor vitae, cassis, blackberry, and dark tobacco, all of which reprise on a luscious, savory palate underlain by ultra-fine tannin and possessed of vibratory energy. The sheer abundance of primary juiciness here – like the energetic ping to its enervating, reverberative finish – strikes me as especially typical of the best marriages of cepage and terroir, which happens to be precisely what Betz is wistfully referring to as “something that happens with Cabernet in Washington.” Something indeed! I would go easy on this for a few years and look forward to at least a decade of high performance."

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (Issue #205), 95 pts

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2010 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 94 PTS - IWC

2010 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 94 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 94 Pts"Bright red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, redcurrant, dried mint and thyme. Densely packed, tactile and sweet but youthfully bound-up, with brisk acidity giving terrific cut and precision to the wine's dark fruit and spearmint flavors. Finishes with strong tannic spine and a terrific structure for aging. As young as this cabernet is, with its inner-mouth perfume it's showier today than the Clos de Betz. I'd wait at least five years on this one. Interestingly, Bob Betz told me that the latest pickers got prunes in 2010 waiting for their pHs to go up and acids to come down. "Still, October saved the vintage," he added. (The 2009 Pere de Famille, which I rated 93(+?) last year, had gained in fullness and pliancy with another year in bottle, and merited 94 points. But the 2010 should show an even more eventful evolution in bottle.)"

Steven Tanzer

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2010 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 91 PTS - WS Insider

2010 Betz Family Pere de Famille - 91 PTS - WS Insider

Wine Spectator 91 Pts"Fresh and vibrant, this features a layer of fine tannins underlying the blackberry, licorice and floral flavors, lingering easily on the expressive, graceful finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. - H.S"

Wine Spectator's Insider (May 22nd 2013), 91 pts

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Bob and Cathy Betz crushed their first vintage of Betz Family Wine in 1997 with the help of volunteer friends, producing 150 cases of wine in the warehouse district of ...
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